From my perspective, it has been a rough month for “independence”. Despite this, I hope that you all had a lovely 4th of July weekend! Speaking of change, most of you will have recently heard about some of the changes happening at The Village Doctor. We are excited about moving to a new chapter of “higher touch”. The past few years have been very challenging, primarily due to the disruptive effects of COVID. I hope that you will join us in this step into our, and your, new future with TVD. We look forward to redoubling our efforts to deliver on our vision of Old Fashioned Values, Modern Medicine. #villagedoctor #trueconciergemedicine
Eric Weiss, MD, July 4, 2022
UPDATE ON PEDIATRIC COVID VACCINE
The exciting news in pediatrics is that we are finally able to vaccinate our patients against COVID-19 starting at 6 months of age. We held our first vaccine clinic at The Village Doctor last week and all of the babies and toddlers have done well so far, many of them were even very brave and did not cry, much to our surprise!
While it took longer than expected for approval, the timing is good in that we are seeing more COVID cases in the pediatric population, likely due to the more infectious variants (Omicron BA.4 and BA.5) that are circulating as well as the general pandemic fatigue. Last week, nearly 76,000 children tested positive, which is up from 63,000 the week before. Over 13 million cases have been reported throughout the pandemic thus far, with about 6 million of those occurring this year.
WHAT ARE COMMON MISCONCEPTIONS ABOUT MRI TECHNOLOGY?
With numerous image scanning options available, people generally make assumptions about each individual imaging technology based on attributes from the collective group. These assumptions gradually become common myths and misconceptions, which may create fear and hesitation around receiving various types of scans.
At Prenuvo, we constantly hear these misconceptions and it’s time that we debunk these common MRI myths.
Although the Woodside Day of the Horse isn’t until October (Oct 7-9, 2022 to be exact), these recent beautiful days remind me to share another fun horse story involving one of TVD’s dear friends; a “mini” horse story, actually. Please be introduced to Lightening, a “mini” horse, and the inspiration behind the Meet a Mini program at our local Folger Stable in beautiful Wunderlich Park, Lorna Basso.
Lorna serves as a docent for schools, welcoming students to meet horses and discover the stable’s rich history. She developed the Meet a Mini program where children ages 4 to 12 are introduced to the culture through a mini horse named Lightning. Kids are given a lesson on grooming and can take a trail ride with this short but stout steed. Lorna has already begun to introduce her two grandchildren to horse riding and imparting the wisdom she’s learned from a life riding English-style.
“You never need a therapist,” she says. “It’s a closer relationship than with a dog. You never have a bad day on the back of a horse.”
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Yours, in health and resilience,
Eric and the TVD MD team…